Week 3: Sumps - What do they do, and which should you select? | 52 Weeks of Reefing #BRS160

July 11th, 2015
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Welcome to Week 3 of 52 Weeks of Reefing. This week we are unveiling our custom made sump from Rick at Synergy Reef, as well as covering different types of sumps and which might be best for you!

A sump can mean a lot of different things to different people but it’s really just a place to install equipment that wouldn’t fit in or on the tank itself and helps makes sure the tank looks clean and presentable in your living space. There are a few different options out there for sumps today. All In One, DIY, retail, and custom sumps are all potential options.

Innovative Marine offers one the more complete solutions for a sump in the form of their Nuvo series of tanks. These tanks have the sump built right into the back of the tank and allow you to hide equipment out of site.

DIY options offer a little more customization since you yourself get to design, build, and maintain the sump. It can be a little work to produce a DIY sump, however it is often cheaper than other options and allows you the greatest control of the design.

Off the shelf models are often a good choice. They offer a good array of features and quality at an affordable price. Aqueon and Reef Octopus both make models that we would recommend.

We chose to go custom with a Synergy Reef sump since they’re a company that lives and breathes reefing, are available to accommodate custom needs, and produce sumps with incredible aesthetic appeal. The anatomy of a sump can vary from model to model. In this case we went for a sump with a blend of high end features that fit our needs. Rick at Synergy Reef was super patient with our design process, staying in constant contact with us to make sure everything went as planned.

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